Back Pain

Updated 06 July 2015

Why can a fractured spine cause paralysis?

Medical science isn't yet able to repair fractured spines. How does it happen?

Medical science is not yet able to repair fractured spines.

Spinal cord injury (SCI) occurs when a traumatic event results in damage to cells within the spinal cord or severs the nerve tracts that relay signals up and down the spinal cord. Severe SCI often causes paralysis and loss of sensation and reflex function below the point of injury.

Methods for reducing the extent of injury and for restoring function are still limited.

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